Qatar’s first, and only, water park has been open for almost a year and, with the summer months upon us, it’s an obvious winner for families wanting to cool down a degree or two. Slides, a lazy river, giant wave pool, toddlers activity pool and family pool are just some of the attractions that make Aqua Park Qatar the perfect place for kids, and their parents, to beat the heat this summer.
For the big kids
Whether you’re 14 or 41, there’s something guaranteed to float your boat. Adrenalin junkies will love the multi-lane slides at 14 and 16 metres but those on a serious thrill-seeking mission can’t leave without trying the ‘boomerango’ – a 20 metre high slide that is definitely not for the faint-hearted. Those more inclined to splash around nearer the ground can keep cool floating around the lazy river or tackling the ‘white horses’ in the wave pool.
For the little ones
What really impressed us was the obvious thought that has gone into providing something special for younger visitors. The pirate themed play area and activity pool, complete with five brightly coloured slides and enormous bucket which regularly dumps water on children playing underneath, is perfect for tots who are trying to gain confidence in the water. And should you have to resort to a little bribery to extract your water babies come home time, there’s a café offering a nice selection of ice cream so that you can lure them out the water with the promise of a frozen chocolate treat.
Two brand new attractions. A boat ride that takes two passengers through a long dark tunnel, and an African Village which is aimed at the under sevens and consists of life-like animals lazing idly by the lake. Kids can actually be outside in the fresh air, rather than inside in the AC, even in the height of summer thanks to chilled water and plenty to keep them occupied.
It’s a fair drive up Salwa Road which might not be a problem for Al Waab dwellers but those living in West Bay might find it a bit of a trek, especially with little ones who get bored in the Doha traffic. Notices outside the park clearly state that visitors must respect the local culture when it comes to dress codes so ladies, bikinis and even swimsuits are a no-no. Instead opt for a pair of shorts and a t-shirt that you’re happy to wear in the pool and on the attractions.
‘It was so cool that I didn’t want to leave. It’s almost the summer holidays and I’m definitely going to persuade mum to take me back….once a week.’
Qatar Aqua Park, QR100 per person, free for children 3 years and under. Open daily 10am-10pm; Tuesday is ladies day and Friday is family day. Exit Salwa Road at junction 29, head over the fly over and straight across the roundabout. Aqua Park Qatar is off the slip road on the right hand side. (4490 5872).